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Kings 19 v Lions 26

I am struggling to think of a more important game for a team to play in recent years given what is at stake.

This is the first of two matches but there is no doubt the loser of tonight’s game will be under immense pressure going into the return match in Johannesburg.

A Super Rugby place spot is up for grabs – let the games begin!

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Charl du Plessis, 17 Hannes Franklin, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Waylon Murray.

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Chrysander Botha.

Date: Friday, July 26
Venue: Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Expected weather: Pleasant with little or no chance of precipitation. High of 23°C, low of 12°C
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Sindile Mayende
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

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25 Comments

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    Americano

    July 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I hope they televise this death-match in the States.
    I think the whole concept of this is unfortunate but also interesting in the same way you’d rubberneck a car accident or riot.
    It’s really bad to lose due to the consequences. But imagine losing two years in a row. Would the team losing 2 or more years in a row be in an impossible position to come back because all their players would be on other teams?

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    Craven

    July 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    When the Lions played Superugby, they finished last on a few occasions. Kings finished last this year, and yet Owen on Boots and All got all uppity with Mallett when saying that we have the players to have 6 competitive teams in Superugby. I agree with Mallett, no way in hell. We dont even have the players for 5 competitive teams.

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    biltongbek

    July 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Good game so far, on the one hand I want the Lions to win, but then when I see how well the Kings are supported by the locals they deserve to be in Super rugby.

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    biltongbek

    July 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Craven if we had the money to keep our players in SA we could easily fill 6 teams

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    This is a embarsement how ref is blowing the kings out of the game

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    Craven

    July 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Wow Jaco, are you blowing under instruction?

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The ref made two mistakes after each other and not going to tv ref and give Lions a try :finger: :Rule 9:

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    cheeky is going to have a field day with this if the kings lose this game

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    JT_BOKBEFOK!

    July 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    How good is Engelbrecht!! :bowdown:
    Kings missing Strauss at 12 – no direction on attack

    diff between the 2 sides – that 1st half intercept try.

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    For this game ref should never be allowed to run on another game again. It not just the mistakes but the arrogance of him not to use the tv reply, headbuts, forward passes and he is open him up for being acussed to be match fixing

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    JT the real difference is the ref a possible try for the kings went for a try for the Lions with a forward pass, that is a 14 point turn around

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    They should have got a NZ ref for these games Peper gonna be on the block after this game this could be a career ending match for him, watch watson comming out now

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    JT_BOKBEFOK!

    July 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    don’t believe everything Skinstad says – that pass from Jantjes was flat imo.

    I only criticise the ref after i had a 2nd look or the bokke are playing

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Kings were the better team tonight, Lions very lucky

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    looking at this game it will be the same old same old next year even if the Lions win and play next year. This is a joke, the best bet is to combine the teams for next year. lions will not have the players next year to be anything else than bottom of the log. JC also leaving the Lions next week for France.

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Wel that is done looking forward for tomorrow games :cheers:

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    Bekke

    July 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Combined IQ of Derek Minnie and Franco vs Merwe myst be lower than half a loaf of bread!!! Two kak teams fighting for the chance to end last in S15. At least Lions did try to play rugby till the end, even with all their injuries. But then loosing Deon van Rensburg was probably in their favour. Ackerman really impressing me as coach

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    July 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    my stream also did not work cause too much rain in dublin!

    So I saw Nada>

    But by the sounds of it close enough for Kings to come back next week?

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    Bekke

    July 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Lions dominated scrums, Kings played better territorial game – rest pretty even. Lions may rue headbutt by JC if pointed out

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    JT_BOKBEFOK!

    July 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I feel for the Kings and hope they can turn the table next week but it does not look good…

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    Boertjie

    July 27, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Craven @ 2
    For sure, only fools think we have enough
    players of quality for five teams.
    None of tonight’s teams will set the world
    alight – bottom feeders both.

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    Americano

    July 27, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Bunny, which is it – are you a Kings fan or just a fan of good refereeing? This game got you worked up.

    Somewhere DavidS is smiling thinking that if the Lions pull it off & get back to S15 they’ll be saved by Doppies LaGrange riding back like the cavalry to save the Lion’s bacon next year.
    :Ollie:

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    bryce_in_oz

    July 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Craven no need to worry… there will be no 6th team.

    NZAR are already in discussions to break away and form their own Super competition because of SARU’s insistance come 2016.

    That will leave RSA playing Argentina as the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t want a bar of them…

    Well done SARU…

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    Amethyst

    July 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Hi

    I’m trying to enter my score for the match this morning but they system doesn’t let me.

    Here is my score in anycase.

    Crusaders 27 – Chiefs 25

    Is it possible to enter the scores for me. Thank you

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    Jacques(Bunny)

    July 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Americano, I am just a rugby fan were each team gets the opportunity to play the game between the four lines with the rules for both teams the same and that a fu$%ing ref does what he is getting paid for.

    A rugby game is never consistent anymore, our laws are too many and too much left for one man to do what he feels it’s right. I can remember Oom Frik once said at a golf day a ref should not be heard or seen in a game of rugga, he is their too make sure the two teams play according to the rules and not making is own.

    Two major decisions cost the Kings last night a turn around of 14 possible points because a ref did not even try and use the tv ref that is their to make sure they make the correct decision.

    The whole year we saw refs referring every single pass to TV ref even though it was not necessary, in this important game for both unions he ignore this, it makes one think was he blowing under instruction?

    A ball on the other side on Lions goal line was kicked by kings and with hands on the ground from Lions player pushed back over lions goal line and put down, lines man and ref thought nothing off it and gave a kick out for Lions.

    Head-butt in front of ref and player ask to go upstairs ref told him he will decide when to go up stairs.
    I am sorry that is three things that I took out and on all of them ref could have ask the TV ref to assist to make sure the correct decision is made.

    Jaco is an idiot who should not be allowed to ref again, and I will even investigate him.

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